To receive CSUEU E-News by email, please sign up here . 2008/2009 SALARY INCREASE STATUS BARGAINING UNIT COUNCIL MEETING INFORMATION ON MEMBER BENEFITS CHICO STATE LUNCH AND RETIREMENT REGISTER TO VOTE BY OCTOBER 20 UPCOMING EVENTS * * * 2008/2009 Salary Increase Status Now that the state budget is signed, we anticipate that the CSU Chancellor's office will give us formal notice that the funding for the CSU fell below the compact and, therefore, below the level needed to fully fund our contract for this year. Negotiations for a 2008/2009 salary increase actually began in May, well in advance of the signing of the 2008/2009 state budget on September 23, as outlined in the Contract Negotiation News #10 (August 5): 'Bargaining for FY 2008/09 compensation continued on July 30, 2008, as a follow-up to the May 8 opening day of negotiations. Even though no formal proposals were exchanged between CSUEU and CSU, the parties did discuss various options in the event the CSU does receive an increase in their gross revenues.' The salary articles of all contracts are linked to the state budget and thus to funding from the Legislature. Under contract Article 20.6 , a 3.942 percent increase in the salary ranges and individual salary rates would occur only if the CSU received at least 8.8 percent over gross revenues of the prior fiscal year with one percent specifically designated for compensation above the Higher Education Compact. As mentioned, that increase in funding did not happen. The final state budget for 2008-2009 provided the CSU with an essentially flat budget and could have been much worse had it not been for the CSUEU's involvement in the Alliance for the CSU. However, the budget still leaves CSU under-funded by $215 million. In the May and June re-opener meetings, CSUEU made proposals based on the CSU receiving compact funding and not the additional one percent, as well as receiving less than compact funding. The CSU has not responded to these proposals, which is normal in this situation, as the CSU is waiting to develop its 2008/2009 budget--based on the just-signed state budget allocations--prior to responding. When we get this notice we will share it with you. Joint Bargaining Unit Council Meeting Yesterday and today, October 1-2, representatives of Bargaining Units 2, 5, 7 and 9 are meeting in Sacramento to discuss priorities, options and strategy relevant to the next round of contract bargaining. Such joint Bargaining Unit Council meetings traditionally take place in advance of contract negotiations with the CSU (the current Collective Bargaining Agreement expires on June 30, 2009). The current agenda includes an overview of this year's state budget process by President Pat Gantt and a review of bargaining principles by Senior Labor Relations Rep Teven Laxer and VP for Representation Dennis Dillon, along with an FY 2008/09 bargaining update, results of preliminary bargaining surveys, review of contract language, and development of proposals. 'These joint meetings, which provide valuable input from the bargaining unit perspective, are crucial in the months leading to new contract negotiations,' explains Gantt. 'Bargaining unit concerns are at the heart of the issues that we bring to the table during contract negotiations, and joint BU Council meetings provide an ideal forum for airing those concerns.' Information on Member Benefits The September issue of the San Luis Obispo (SLO) chapter newsletter, edited by chapter President Joan Kennedy, features the following informative article on Member Benefits. Click here to view the SLO chapter web site. The latest 2008 CSU Employees Benefits booklet covered many new benefits for CSUEU members. We'd like to highlight some of those for you. * An exciting new benefit is Purchasing Power, enabling you to purchase a new computer through the ease of payroll deduction. Computers as low as $90 per month are offered. There is no credit check, they have a 12-month payment plan, and they offer brand name computers and electronics with convenient home delivery. You must have been employed by CSU for at least 12 months, must earn at least $16,000 per year, and must have a bank account. To find out more , call (866) 305-3387. * Enrollees in the Blue Shield HMO and each of their covered dependents who are 18 years old and over can earn $40 per person every 12 weeks by completing the online Healthy Lifestyles Rewards Wellness assessment offered by CalPERS Blue Shield HMO. This means that each person in your household 18 and over can collect up to $200 annually when they use these online resources, designed to help you reach your personal goals and maintain healthy lifestyle habits. For further details , call Blue Shield CalPERS Dedicated Member Services, (800) 334-5847. * Legal Services are offered by Legal Club of America. This legal plan provides free and discounted legal care to CSUEU members. Free services include initial face-to-face and over-the-phone consultations, legal document review, letters written on members' behalf, preparation of a simple will, and more. In addition, discounted legal services as much as 60 percent off the national average, and the attorney network is contracted never to charge more than $75 per hour for extended legal care that goes beyond the free and discounted schedule. The program is only $12 per month, covers the entire family, and is free for life after six years of membership. For more information , call (800) 952-5283.   For more information about CSEA/CSUEU Member Benefits, call (800) 952-5283. Chico State Lunch and Retirement Yesterday, October 1, more than 140 members attended CSU Chico’s biannual lunch meeting to kick off the new academic year. These meetings typically include a short program of introduction of guests, news, announcements and upcoming events. The site is the lawn in front of the administration building, strategically chosen for visibility. Pictured is featured guest Jeanne Angle, who recently retired after working as an administrative support assistant on campus for 28 years, serving as chapter treasurer for the past 15 years.   Register to Vote by October 20 The last day to register to vote in the Nov. 4 presidential election is Oct. 20, so, if you are not registered to vote, please sign up today. Also, please urge your colleagues to register to vote. You can get forms to register to vote at any post office or DMV or from the Associated Students group on most campuses. You may also request a voter registration form online . * * * UPCOMING EVENTS  Monday, October 20, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Staff Meeting Holiday Inn, Capitol Plaza, Sacramento Monday, October 20 Last day to register to vote in the general election  November 4 General Election Friday-Sunday, November 7-9, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. CSUEU Board of Directors Meeting Holiday Inn, Capitol Plaza, Sacramento Tuesday-Wednesday, November 18-19 CSU Board of Trustees meeting 401 Golden Shore, Long Beach Saturday, January 10 Governor introduces 2009/10 state budget Tuesday, January 27 CSU Board of Trustee Meeting 401 Golden Shore, Long Beach Friday-Sunday, March 27-29 CSEA Women's Conference Holiday Inn, Capitol Plaza, Sacramento Information: (916) 326-4217 Online master calendar * * * See back issues of CSUEU E-News, distributed every other Thursday.